San Diego Comic-Con has now come and gone for another year, but fans are still reeling from what was an overwhelming weekend of content, be it in the form of new trailers, photos, posters, etc. for most of Hollywood’s biggest upcoming releases. Undoubtedly, one of the titles to draw the most attention – and not surprisingly – was Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, the superhero film to end all superhero films.
From what we understand, nearly every character still breathing in the MCU will be returning for the pic, including Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who are expected to have fairly large roles in the blockbuster. In fact, we’ve already had set pics (see the gallery below) showing the two getting very close indeed, with a few of the shots suggesting that Vision will have his Infinity Stone removed, causing him to assume a more human form.
After all, the source of his powers is that Mind Stone lodged in his forehead, which also happens to be the very thing that the Mad Titan needs to complete his Infinity Gauntlet.
Now, a romance between these two has been brewing since Age of Ultron, so there’s no big shock there, but Vision shedding his android skin is definitely a surprise. Does this mean Bettany will be playing the character as a human moving forward? It’s certainly possible, but if there’s one thing we can definitely count on, it’s that Infinity War will be diving right into the relationship between these two.
Chatting with us earlier today to promote her new film Wind River, Olsen said the following when we asked if her romance with Vision would be explored in the next Avengers movie.
In any other world I would say, “I don’t know,” but because there are paparazzi photos that kind of spoil things for fans – I think it’s safe to say that we now get to explore that part of the comic book. We get to introduce and really explore their relationship. It creates a really exciting arc for me and I’m so lucky I get to work with (Paul) Bettany all the time now. [laughs]
Frankly, we’re quite surprised that Infinity War even has time for a romantic subplot. There’s going to be so much going on as is that we don’t know how the Russos will also find room to work in an exploration of the relationship between these two characters. Not to mention that it may also take away from other, more important areas of the story. Then again, it may not be featured quite as prominently as Olsen implies here, so who knows?
Either way, we’re glad to hear that it’ll get at least some of the spotlight and hope that the directors will be able to balance all of Avengers: Infinity War‘s characters and subplots accordingly when the film opens on May 4th, 2018.